Fernando Torres is fast threatening Steven Gerrard's popularity amongst Liverpool fans.

The Mail on Sunday says the impact made by Torres has meant that more than a third of the 15,000 Liverpool shirts sold in December have been No9s carrying his name, narrowly beating Gerrard into second.

Ironically, Manchester City's bestseller is a signed shirt by manager Sven Goran Eriksson, as part of a Christmas gift pack which includes a DVD, The Sven Revolution, and an internet package.